The Erie BayHawks (Atlanta Hawks), Memphis Hustle (Memphis Grizzlies), Wisconsin Herd (Milwaukee), and Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario (Los Angeles Clippers) have each obtained the rights to 11 players following the results of the 2017 NBA G League Expansion Draft. The teams will hold the rights to those players for two seasons. The selections made in Wednesday’s Expansion Draft came from a pool of players from 2015-16 and 2016-17 NBA G League rosters. Each 2016-17 NBA G League team was able to protect the rights of up to nine players while the four expansion teams were able to select up to 11 unprotected players, with no more than two selections coming from any one NBA G League team. The NBA G League will tip off its 17th season with a record 26 teams heading into the 2017-18 season. Following are the complete results of the 2017 NBA G League Expansion Draft*: (*Prior NBA G League team in parentheses.) Erie BayHawks Round 1: DeAndre Daniels (Raptors 905) Round 2: Sean Kilpatrick (Delaware 87ers) Round 3: Ronald Roberts (Reno Bighorns) Round 4: Terran Petteway (Maine Red Claws) Round 5: Casey Prather (Windy City Bulls) Round 6: Jordan Crawford (Grand Rapids Drive) Round 7: Jordan Sibert (Iowa Energy) Round 8: Beau Beech (Long Island Nets) Round 9: Raphiael Putney (Rio Grande Valley Vipers) Round 10: Luke Harangody (Lakeland Magic) Round 11: Will Bynum (Windy City Bulls) Memphis Hustle Round 1: Marquis Teague (Fort Wayne Mad Ants) Round 2: Okaro White (Sioux Fallas Skyforce) Round 3: DJ Stephens (Iowa Energy) Round 4: Omari Johnson (Fort Wayne Mad Ants) Round 5: Jamaal Franklin (Long Island Nets) Round 6: Adonis Thomas (Grand Rapids Drive) Round 7: Manny Harris (Texas Legends) Round 8: Mark Tyndale (Reno Bighorns Round 9: Jordon Crawford (Canton Charge) Round 10: Jimmer Fredette (Westchester Knicks) Round 11: Terrance Drisdom (Santa Cruz Warriors) Wisconsin Herd Round 1: Vince Hunter (Sioux Falls Skyforce) Round 2: Gracin Bakumanya (Northern Arizona Suns) Round 3: Perry Ellis (Greensboro Swarm) Round 4: Corey Walen (Maine Red Claws) Round 5: Josh Davis (Greensboro Swarm) Round 6: Michael Dunigan (Canton Charge) Round 7: Jarvis Summers (Rio Grande Valley Vipers) Round 8: James Siakam (Raptors 905) Round 9: Kyle Casey (Northern Arizona Suns) Round 10: Cady LaLanne (Austin Spurs) Round 11: Tyler Harvey (Lakeland Magic) Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario Round 1: Andre Dawkins (Texas Legends) Round 2: Bryce Cotton (Oklahoma City Blue) Round 3: Corey Hawkins (Delaware 87ers) Round 4: Will Cummings (Delaware 87ers) Round 5: J.J. O’Brien (Salt Lake City Stars) Round 6: Jamil Wilson (South Bay Lakers) Round 7: Keith Steffeck (Santa Cruz Warriors) Round 8: Julian Jacobs (South Bay Lakers) Round 9: Aaron Craft (Salt Lake City Stars) Round 10: Thanasis Antetokounmpo (Westchester Knicks) Round 11: Youssou Ndoye (Austin Spurs) Source:
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The Milwaukee Bucks offered Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton and a future first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in order to acquire All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, according to a report from John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7. However, Cleveland accepted the trade offer made by the Celtics and traded Irving to Boston.
Suns were never really in on Kyrie but here is a nugget - Milwaukee was close - offered Brogdon, Middleton and a 1st round pick.
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) 23 agosto 2017
Boris Diaw did not close any door for his future. Diaw is still free agent and did not rule out a return to Europe. “I won't close any door” the French forward told Le Figaro. “I will be in the NBA next season? I don’t have a club yet. I have a few contacts with teams but nothing concrete. So I am not sure I will be in the NBA 100% next season. A return to Europe? It may happen” Diaw added. Source:
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed guard Julyan Stone. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Stone (6-6, 200) has appeared in 47 career NBA games (two starts) over three seasons with Denver (2011-13) and Toronto (2013-14), averaging 1.3 points, 1.1 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 7.0 minutes per contest. He most recently joins Charlotte after a stint with Reyer Venezia Mestre of the Lega Basket Serie A in Italy, appearing in 26 games and helping the squad to a 2017 Serie A Championship. Prior to his time with Reyer Venezia Mestre, Stone played with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA G League last season, seeing action in 33 games (31 starts), averaging 7.9 points, 8.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 34.7 minutes per contest. The 28-year-old has additional playing experience with Royal Hali Gazientep (2015-16) of the Turkish Basketball Super League, a first stretch with Reyer Venezia Mestre (2014-15) and G League experience with the Iowa Energy (2013) and Idaho Stampede (2012). Stone was a four-year collegiate player at the University of Texas-El Paso (2007-11), earning 2010-11 All-Conference USA Second Team honors following his senior season, where he averaged 8.5 points, 7.5 boards, 5.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 36.5 minutes per contest. Stone will wear No. 32 for the Hornets. Swarm365 Memberships are currently available for the 2017-18 Hornets season. Swarm365 Memberships are about more than just attending basketball games, they are the attachment between the Hornets and the team’s fans. Member benefits include: access to member events, discounts on concessions and merchandise, invitations to exclusive player events and presale ability for other Spectrum Center events and concerts. Swarm365 Memberships start at only $12 per seat per game. Fans can experience the game, the passion and the atmosphere of Hornets basketball by calling 704-HORNETS (704-467-6387) or visiting hornets.com. Source:
Mitchell Robinson is expected to skip next college season to be focused on the 2018 NBA draft where he will be likely selected in the 1st round. Per Yahoo, Five-star recruit Mitchell Robinson is not expected to play college basketball this season, sources told Yahoo Sports Tuesday. Robinson had originally enrolled at Western Kentucky earlier this summer, but left the program soon after arriving on campus and had been contemplating a transfer to another school. Robinson is expected to focus his energies on preparing for the 2018 NBA draft. He had narrowed his potential transfer options to Kansas and hometown University of New Orleans. One source familiar with Robinson’s recruitment said he has not been in contact with Kansas since last Thursday, and another source said New Orleans has been informed that the 7-footer does not plan to join the Privateers and instead will work out in preparation for the draft. Robinson is considered a likely first-round NBA draft pick. However, his path to the draft has been unconventional.
Robinson's interest level in going overseas is unclear, but there are interested parties overseas willing to pay serious money. https://t.co/A27cyrs7ps
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) August 23, 2017
The Boston Celtics have traded Isaiah Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thomas suffered a hip injury during the last playoffs but he elected not to undergo surgery. Celtics president Danny Ainge said that his hip injury played a role in Boston’s decision to trade him. Per CBS Sports, "Some. There's gonna be probably a little bit of a delay for Isaiah as he starts the season this year, but I think that Isaiah should be fine and healthy as the season goes along," Ainge said. Source:
Andrew Wiggins decided to fire agent Bill Duffy of BDA Sports after he negotiated with the Timberwolves a five-year, $148 million contract extension. Per ESPN, Minnesota management sent Duffy and Wiggins a contract for a rookie extension deal, but Wiggins filed paperwork Tuesday with the National Basketball Players Association to terminate his relationship with the agency, Duffy told ESPN. While a player can leave an agent at any time, the NBPA has guidelines that compensate previous agents for deals negotiated under their watch. NBA agents can charge players as much as 4 percent commission on contracts. "We are disappointed that Andrew made this decision, especially after a three-year partnership where we worked closely with Andrew and his entire family," Duffy told ESPN. "Unfortunately, tampering is a common problem in our industry, and that's part of the reason why I've already been in contact with the NBPA to discuss my rights in this matter. Obviously, whenever Andrew signs the max extension that we negotiated with Minnesota, we will work with the NBPA to make sure that our interests are protected." Source:
Cecilia Zandalasini is signing in WNBA with the Minnesota Lynx. The Italian youngster dominated the last Eurobasket Women with Italy’s National Team and was included in the best starting five of the tournament. Zandalasini is already in the USA ready to pen a deal with the Lynx.
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have acquired four-time All-Star and 2016 NBA Champion Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and the rights to the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first round pick. “Kyrie is one of the best scorers in the NBA. He has proven that on the biggest stage, the NBA Finals, the last three years,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “He’s been an NBA Champion, an Olympic Gold Medalist, and a four-time All-Star. For all he’s accomplished, we think his best years are ahead of him.” “Isaiah and Jae have been a huge part of our success,” said Celtics Co-Owner and Governing Partner Wyc Grousbeck. “Isaiah’s playoff performance under very difficult circumstances will live on in history, and we wish them all the best.” Selected by Cleveland with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Irving, 25, has posted career averages of 21.6 points (45.7% FG, 38.3% 3-PT, 87.3% FT), 3.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.32 steals and 34.2 minutes in 381 games (all starts) throughout six seasons with the Cavaliers. The 6-3 guard has registered a scoring average north of 20.0 points in four of his six NBA seasons, including a career-high 25.2 points in 2016-17. Irving played a vital role in helping Cleveland capture its first NBA title in 2016, averaging 25.2 points on 47.5% shooting (44.0% 3-PT), and 4.7 assists during the Cavaliers 21-game playoff run to history. He scored a postseason-high 41 points on 17-of-24 shooting (5-7 3-PT) in a win against the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals that season, one of 18 games in which the Duke product logged at least 20 points. In three career postseason appearances, all of which resulted in trips to the NBA Finals, Irving has averaged 23.9 points (46.5% FG, 41.5% 3-PT, 87.6% FT), 3.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.46 steals and 36.4 minutes in 52 games. In parts of three seasons with the Celtics, Thomas averaged 24.7 points (44.3% FG, 36.8% 3-PT, 88.9% FT), 2.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists. Crowder produced 12.8 points (44.4% FG, 35.3% 3-PT, 80.4% FT), 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in parts of three seasons in Boston. “Isaiah embodied what it meant to be a Celtic. He captured fans’ hearts not only with his spirit, but his personality,” said Ainge. “Jae’s toughness was contaigious for our team. He improved his skills each year, but it’s his energy and fight that will be remembered. We wish them and their families the very best.” Source:
According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers are in serious talks about a potential trade that would involve Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas. Irving requested a trade from the Cavs several weeks ago and now may find his new home with Cavs' rivals in the Eastern Conference.
Cleveland and Boston engaged in active trade discussions centered on Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 22, 2017